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IAN SHAFER

| New York based Freelance Oboist - Conductor |
| Member of the Faculty of Manhattan School of Music, Precollege |
Oboe - Music Theory - Ear-Training

Available for all Performance Opportunities, Master Classes, Workshops, Events and Private Teaching

Brahms Symphony 3
March 31, 2017, 3:00 pm

Mannes College Orchestra, Ian Shafer, conductor
Tishman Hall, Mannes College

Il Barbiere di Sivigila
March 31, 2017, 6:30 pm

Christman Opera Company, Ian Shafer conductor
National Opera Center – Opera America

QUOtets the Eleventh
March 18, 2017, 8:00p.m.

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 9th Ave. New York, NY 10001

In our Eleventh Installment of the popular chamber music series, the musicians of QUO present beautiful music across time and stylistic periods. QUO's string section will be in the spotlight this time as Ian Shafer conducts them in a spirited performance of Mendelssohn's String Sinfonia C

Student Composer's Concert
March 10, 2017, 3:00 pm

Mannes College Orchestra, Ian Shafer, conductor
Tishman Hall, Mannes College>

Der Tod und Verklärung
February 27, 2017, 3:00pm

Mannes College Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor
Tishman Hall, Mannes College

QUO Celebrates NYC: Date Night
February 18, 2017, 8:00pm

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes and Ian Shafer conductors with Darcy Grae and Joe Burgstaller soloists

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Carter, Villa-Lobos, Music for Trumpet and Orchestra, along with romantic music from the movies. As always, join us at 7:15 for a pre-concert discussion panel with our artistic directors and soloists.

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Meiqiao Wang: End of War
December 15, 2016

Members of the Mannes Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor
Stieffel Hall, Mannes College

Mendelssohn:Hör Mein Bitten
December 8, 2016

Mannes Chorus, Ian Shafer conductor
Stieffel Hall, Mannes College

Schumann:Symphony 3, "Rhenish"
November 4, 2016

Mannes Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor
Tishmann Hall, Mannes College

Strauss:Till Eulenspiegel
November 3, 2016

Mannes Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor

Wind Sectional with Sherry Sylar, New York Philharmonic

Prokofiev:Symphony 1, "Classical"
October 20, 2016

Mannes Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor

Wind Sectional with Kim Lakowski, New York Philharmonic

Jihyeong Choi:Study in Sonorities I
October 20, 2016

Member of the Mannes Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor
Glass Box Theater, Mannes College

Beethoven: Symphony no. 5, c minor
October 7, 2016

Mannes Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor
Tishmann Hall, Mannes College

Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 "Scottish"
October 6, 2016

Mannes Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor

Wind Sectional with Kim Lakowski, New York Philharmonic

Ives:Symphony 2
September 9, 14, 21, 2016

Queer Urban Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor
Church of the Holy Apostles, NY NY

Wind/Brass Sectional

Mozart: Symphony 40, "Jupiter"
September 7, 2016

Mannes Orchestra, Ian Shafer conductor
Tishmann Hall, Mannes College

Beginning in Septemeber of 2016, Ian was accepted into the "Professional Studies Diploma" Program in Orchestral Conducting at Mannes College.
The program includes regular contact with the orchestra.

Crescendo! Chamber Music Camp
July 11-22, 2016

Community Music School, Collegeville/Trappe, PA

Ian Shafer, Music Director, rehearses with the orchestras over a two week period culminating in a concert of C.P.E. Bach's Piano Concerto in d minor, Mozart's Adagio for Violin in A Major and Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 7

6th Annual Conductor's Workshop at Queens College
June 19 - July 1

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

Directed by Maestro Maurice Peress, this workshop is being offered to aspiring and working conductors alike to help build upon their experience and sharpen their orchestral skills.

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Spellbound QUO's Annual Pride "Gay-La"
Saturday, June 25 2016, 8:00p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes and Ian Shafer, conductors

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Last year was so much fun, we decided to do it again! Join us for an evening of music, magic, space travel, food, drink, and prizes, all in support of New York's LGBT orchestra, YOUR orchestra: QUO.
This year's event will be hosted by Brent Weldon Reno and features our special guests Melodia Women's Choir and The Stonewall Chorale. We also once again have a silent auction which itself is full of magic and fantasy.
Dvořák: The Water Goblin
Holst: Uranus and Neptune from "The Planets"
Giacchino: Star Trek Into Darkness
Williams: Star Wars Suites 1 & 2
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Perpetual Chant
The Chamber Music of Gilbert Galindo
Friday, June 24, 2016

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall
450 W 37th Street, New York, New York 10018

Bringing the music to life on this concert are some of the city’s finest new music performers: the riveting flutist ROBERTA MICHEL of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble and DuoRoMi; the passionate oboist IAN SHAFER; the brilliant clarinetist THOMAS PIERCY of the Tokyo to New York Concert Series; the spirited pianist MARKUS KAITILA having appeared as soloist throughout Europe; the exciting percussionist CHRIS GRAHAM of Iktus Percussion; the exceptional violinist JESSICA PARK of Ensemble LPR; the violinist SASHA PETRIN of Symphony in C; the dynamite violist LIUH-WEN TING of Ensemble Meme; the enthusiastic cellist ERIC ALLEN; the spectacular cellist KATE DILLINGHAM of Random Access Music; and Gilbert Galindo conducting.

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Verdi Requiem
May 21, 2016

Queens College Symphony Orchestra with the Choral Society, James John, conductor

Colden Auditorium, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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QUOtets the Tenth
May 14, 2016, 8:00p.m.

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 9th Ave. New York, NY 10001

Get ready for some chamber music magic! For our tenth installment of QUOtets, and final chamber concert of our Abracadabra! season, we bring you: woodwinds galore, songs in English and French, chickens, and more!
Our program features the music of J.S. Bach, William Mathias, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Bohuslav Martinů, W.A. Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Robert Schumann, and our own Seth Bedford.
You'll hear from QUO members Sean Foradori, Andrew Berman, Seth Bedford, Brent Weldon Reno, Christian Smythe, Scott Oaks, Ian Shafer, Ligia Sakurai, Mark Peters, Travis Fraser, Carolina Muerkens, Fran Novak, and Darcy Grae, and QUO friends Olga Gurevich and Matthieu Cognet.

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A Trio of Concerti
May 4-6, 2016

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress, conductor

Le Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
Dvorak: Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Grieg: Piano Concerto, Beethoven: Triple Concerto

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Abracadabra – "Alakazam"
Saturday, April 16, 8:00 p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, conductor with James Adler, piano soloist

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Mendelssohn: Fair Melusina, Adler: Piano Concerto in G, Fauré: Pelleas et Melisande, Beethoven: Symphony no.8

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Cosi fan Tutte
Apr. 7, 8, 9, 10, 2016

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress, conductor

Le Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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Dvorak's Chicago's World Fair Concert, Aug. 17, 1893
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 12:15 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress, conductor

Le Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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Pastoral Pleasures
Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016 7:30 p.m., Friday, Mar. 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
Buttersworth, Bizet, Beethoven

Graduation Recital, Nissan Ak
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 12:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Nissan Ak, conductor

Le Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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Quotets IX
February 6, 2016, 8:00p.m.

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 9th Ave. New York, NY 10001

Ian will be conducting two works this evening: Fanfare for Six Tambourines and a World Premiere-The Bronx Suite

Abracadabra – "Presto Chango"
Saturday December 19, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday December 20, 4:00 p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, Ian Shafer, conductors

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Mozart: Overture to the Magic Flute, Mozart: Symphony No. 41; Ravel: Mother Goose Suite; Mozart: Sleigh Ride, Featuring Aaron Patterson, alto saxophone, winner of QUO’s 2nd Concerto Competition performing Decruck’s Sonate en C# mineur pour saxophone alto et orchestre.

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A John Williams Tribute
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 12:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress

Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

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Die Fledermaus
Friday and Saturday Dec. 4 & 5 7:00p.m., Sunday Dec. 6 1:30p.m.

The Brooklyn College Opera Theatre, Richard Milton Barrett, Conductor

Whitman Auditorium
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210

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The Lighter Side of Opera
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The Sylph Ensemble, Ian Shafer, conductor
Madison Marie McIntosh, soprano
Luke Scott, Baritone
Jestin Piper, piano
Vesela Kirova, piano

Please join us for a fun evening of old-fashioned romance and experience the world premiere of two new one-act operas: "A Special Secret Someone" & "The Dreamer" by Theodore Christman

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Suor Angelica
Friday, Nov. 14, 2015 7:30 p.m.

Golden Rose Opera, Alex Wen, conductor

Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Forest Hills, Queens

Impressionistic Wonders
Friday, Nov. 6, 2105 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College Campus
Sibelius, Belshazzar's Feast Roussel, Le Festin de l'araignée Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin Prokofiev, Classical Symphony

Abracadabra – "Witches and Warlocks"
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Julie Desbordes, conductor

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Villa-Lobos: Uirapurù; Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre; Haydn: Symphony No. 93

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Das Lied von der Erde
Wednesday, Oct. 28 & Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Queens College Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Peress, conductor

Frack Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

Delectable Delights
Thursday, Oct 9, 7:30p.m.

Brooklyn College Orchestra, George Rothman, conductor

Leon H. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Kingsborourgh Community College
Mendelssohn, Faure, Mozart

"QUO on the Highline"
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Queer Urban Orchestra, conducted by Julie Desbordes and Ian Shafer

Mr. Shafer will join the orchestra for its first performance on New York City's Summer Music series, "Music on the Highline." During the second half, Mr. Shafer will lead the orchestra as their conductor.

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New York Summer Music Festival
Session 2: July 19-Aug 1, 2015

Oneonta, New York 13820

Mr. Shafer is delighted to teach this year at NYSMF. The New York Summer Music Festival is a four week summer music institute featuring faculty and guest artists of the highest caliber from the finest institutions and performing venues in the world.

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5th Annual Conductor's Workshop at Queens College
June 21-July 3, 2015

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

Directed by Maestro Maurice Peress, this workshop is being offered to aspiring and working conductors alike to help build upon their experience and sharpen their orchestral skills.

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Gay-La, a Benefit for the Queer Urban Orchestra
Saturday, June 20 2015, 8:00p.m.

Queer Urban Orchestra, Ian Shafer, conductor

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th St) New York, NY 10001

The first benefit concert for the Queer Urban Orchestra, Mr. Shafer will conduct the orchestra through a night of wonderful music including Strauss' Radetzky, Bizet's Carmen Suite, Cole Porter Tribute and Seth Bedford's Cabaret Songs
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Oboe Reed-making Workshop
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 12:00-2:00p.m.

Alchemical Theater Studios, 104 West 14th St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Ian Shafer will host an oboe reed making workshop for registered participants of all skill levels. Focus of this class will be how to "fix" reeds that have already been purchased.
To register, please send an email to ian.shafer@gmail.com. Space is limited to 10. Cost is $40 (Adults) & $25 (Students)

Music from Across the Pond
Sunday, June 7, 2015, 8:00p.m.

Richmond Choral Society, Marina Alexander, Director
Christ Church Bay Ridge, 7301 Ridge Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11209

The Richmond Choral Society presents a celebration of British composers

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A QUILT OF
MANY PATCHES

Ian Shafer is a passionate, multifaceted musician. He enjoys a very active freelance performance career in New York City—as a conductor, soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician—spanning a wide breadth of styles from the Baroque to Contemporary improvisation. He has debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall, played for delegates of the United Nations and has been on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in the Precollege divisions of Music Theory and Woodwinds since 2013. Additionally, he is a published author for the International Double Reed Society and has studied composition in Vienna with Richard Hoffmann, a student of Arnold Schoenberg

ALL MUSIC
WAS ONCE NEW

Mr. Shafer is dedicated to the expansion of the oboe repertoire and pushing the boundaries of Classical music. Through his frequent collaborations with living composers, Mr. Shafer has given the world premieres of several works. As a conductor: End of War (2016) Meiqiao Wang; Study in Sonorities I (2016) Jiheyong Choi; Bronx Suite (2016) Seth Bedford; Observations of an Early Universe (2015) Samuel Nedel; Juliet’s Farewell (2014) Bjorn Berkhout; A Special Secret Someone (2015) and Dreamer (2015) two, one-act operas written by Theodore Christman;
As an oboist: Locales (2014) for Oboe and String Trio, written on commission by Mohammed Fairouz. Premiered at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Elegy and Impromptu (2013) for oboe and piano, written on commission by James Adler. Premiered at the Studios of Yamaha Artists, 5th Avenue in Manhattan; Layers of Earth (2012) for oboe, percussion and electronics, by Danish composer, Lars Graugaard, released on the Venus Album of collected works; Langanaich-Taragto (2010) A seven-minute improvised solo to Elizabeth Hoffman’s digital score, first presented at NYU’s Fredrick Lowe Theater, and in 2014 was expanded to a multilayered, multimedia improvisation with an added dance and electronic components to become Improvisational Spirals (2014) on the New Music Series: NYSoundCircuit performed at New York's Dimenna Center for the Arts; Exhalations (2009) a collaborative work, which through the use of pioneering internet technology, simultaneously connected five universities around the globe for a groundbreaking concert, Pentalocust (2009) and using the same technology, connected musicians from New York and Abu Dhabi in two Concerts for Peace presenting Noor Al Salam (Light of Peace) (2009) and ResoNations (2008) for the delegates of the United Nations. In two productions, given by the Center for Contemporary Opera, he was the oboist at the world premiere of Michael Dellaria’s Secret Agent (2008).

FOSTERING the
NEXT GENERATION

As a dedicated teacher, Mr. Shafer has passionately delivered weekly private lessons, coached chamber music, held reed-making seminars, designed theory, aural skills, and history courses, and given master classes to high school students ranging in topics. He has served as the Artistic Director/Conductor the Greater Philadelphia Honors Orchestra; and the Conductor of Orchestras atCrescendo, a chamber music festival for advanced students. He was also the Assistant Conductor of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. Since 2013, Mr. Shafer has been on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in the Precollege divisions of Oboe performance, Music Theory and Ear-training.

INSPIRATION
from the MASTERS

Mr. Shafer received his Professional Studies Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Mannes College of Music in 2018, his M.M. in Oboe Performance from New York University and his B.M. in Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has studied conducting with David Hayes (Mannes College), Robert Spano, (Music Director, Atlanta Symphony) Louis Lane, (Asst. Cond. Cleveland Orchestra) and Jorma Panula, (formerly, Sibelius Academy, Finland); oboe with Bert Lucarelli, (International Soloist), Ray Still, (Chicago Symphony), and Patricia Stenberg, (Sarasota Orchestra) with additional lessons with Jonathan Kelly, (Berlin Philharmonic), Nathan Hughes, (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Jonathan Blumenfeld, (Philadelphia Orchestra); composition with Randolph Coleman and Richard Hoffmann.
His composition: Russian Games was premiered by the Oberlin Wind Ensemble; Dreams for Woodwind Quintet by the Florida West Coast Symphony Quintet; and A Fugue a Four Trombone Quartet was played by the trombone section of the Chicago Symphony.

Langanaich for Oboe and Electronic Sounds

Composer: Elizabeth Hofman

This recording was from a live performance on the NYU New Music Ensemble "Soloists Concert" This performance was an 7-minute improvised solo against Elizabeth Hofman's work, Langanaich for Electronic Sounds.

Layers of Earth

Composer: Lars Graugaard

This is a sample of "Layers of Earth," a piece for solo oboe, 15 percussionists and electronic processing. This is the Ian Shafer with the NYU Percussion Ensemble and Mr. Graugaard on the computer.
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OPENING
THE DOORS
TO A RICHER LIFE

Whether or not the student’s ultimate goal is to become a professional musician, it cannot be disputed that studying music, at any age, will create a more knowledgeable, sensitive and sophisticated individual. Studying music increases the mind’s ability to imagine, think creatively, problem solve, multi-task, coordinate actions of the mind and body and heighten one’s attention to detail; all of which are skills that are highly valued in the modern workforce. Through music, a student is introduced to many foreign cultures, languages, art, literature, religions, philosophies, politics, and history.

THE CONFIDENCE
TO SUCCEED

It is my philosophy that students who possess the necessary foundational skills coupled with a plan to use them, will succeed in life. Therefore, it is my goal to provide students with a superior education through tailor-made-lessons designed to meet their specific needs. With more than fifteen years of teaching experience I have developed a solid method grounded in the fundamentals. Whether we are speaking of playing the oboe, learning theory, history, composition, conducting, or aural skills, students will learn the techniques necessary to give them the confidence to succeed. Generally, I use a Socratic method so that the learning process unfolds from the student's experience. I feel this way creates stronger, more capable students who are able to use reason and logic, and their fundamentals at crucial moments of performance. Many of my former students have received the highest honors in all areas of oboe playing including winning auditions at top conservatories and colleges (Oberlin, Juilliard-Pre-College, Princeton, Ithaca, among others), at youth orchestras, "All-State" and regional orchestras, and have participated in master-classes given by leading oboists

TEACHING
POSITIONS

Manhattan School of Music, Precollege division, New York, NY
Faculty - Oboe Performance, Music Theory, Ear-training

Community Music School, Collegeville, PA
Department Chair - Woodwinds & Music Theory,
Conductor of Orchestras,
Teacher - Oboe, Music Theory

Nelly Berman School of Music, Haverford, PA
Teacher - Oboe, Chamber Music Coach

Darlington Fine Arts Center, Garnet Valley, PA
Teacher - Oboe, Piano, Music Theory

Suburban Music School, Media, PA
Teacher - Oboe, Piano

Theodore Christman, composer and Executive Director of Christman Opera Company

On his impressions of the world premiere of his two operas A Special Secret Someone and Dreamer

"Ian Shafer's tremendous skill as a conductor was evident throughout his interpretation of my opera scores... His musical decisions brought life to the characters and allowed the music to serve the story in the most natural and appealing way."

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "James Adler & Friends Celebrate CD Release with Splendid Concert at Yamaha"

[Q]onstage April 24, 2013

"In “Elegy and Impromptu,” a world premiere, oboist Ian Shafer, who commissioned it, began with a mournful solo, the ‘Elegy,’ before Adler joined him for the ‘Impromptu,’ contemplative, then buoyant, and sometimes both at once"

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "In “QUOtets,” Queer Urban Orchestra Presents Fine Chamber Music in Informal Setting"

[Q]onstage December 12, 2011

"A refined and refreshing allegro first movement from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, played by oboist Ian Shafer, violinist Phong Ta, violist Michael Vannoni, and cellist Bjorn Berkhout, aptly began the concert, feeling almost akin to starting out with a Mozart opera overture, with the oboe’s effervescent assignment here the virtual antithesis of its frequent role in conveying pathos"

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "QUO Weaves Musical Magic in Spring Concert, with James Adler Piano Concerto a Highlight

[Q]onstage April 16, 2016

"Preceding the concert was an informative panel discussion, moderated by Desbordes, with Adler and QUO Assistant Conductor and Principal Oboist Ian Shafer....Desbordes said that she heard a jazz influence in it, while Shafer, with an oboe solo in the second movement, detected hints of Ralph Vaughan Williams...."

Gelbert, Bruce-Michael. "QUO Musically Probes the Heroic & Its Opposite with Jacqueline Jonée as Guest"

[Q]onstage, November 13, 2011.

"Premiere travesti pianist Jacqueline Jonée, elegantly garbed as Little Red Riding Hood, all grown up, amusingly narrated Sergei Prokofiev’s, 'Peter and the Wolf... Jacqueline vividly acted out the various parts—the birds, the animals, and the people, including the hunters with their guns—as Dresden’s players skillfully limned them musically. Kudos go, in particular, to instrumental soloists Craig Devereaux, flautist; Ian Shafer, oboist; Travis Fraser, clarinetist; and David Lohman, bassoonist."